For 377 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Derek Elley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Atonement
Lowest review score: 10 Fleeing by Night
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 377
377 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A London drag queen and a bunch of Midlands working stiffs find common ground and, uh, mutual respect in Kinky Boots, a slick, cross-tracks Britcom whose stride is hampered by its desire not to offend.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Despite a name cast, with Dillon playing an insurance crook, pic is holed by a plot-heavy script that's unsatisfying at a character level and plays like a cut-down version of a much longer, more ambitious saga.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    An utterly charming retro romancer set against a background of '70s movie going. Full of lovely touches and well-etched performances, and flawed only by a bland male lead.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Classy production values and a textured lead performance by Darshan Jariwala are undercut by a lack of real drama in Gandhi My Father.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Despite the emotive subject matter, picture is often too sluggish dramatically, and never knits together its stock Western characters into a satisfying whole.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    With its booming soundtrack of songs -- written by Laurent Marimbert and sung by Seigner herself -- and good chemistry between Le Besco and Seigner, pic at times has an operatic emotional intensity that will turn off some viewers but provide a guilty pleasure for others.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    This least affected of their (Haases) movies is also the most dramatically and emotionally convincing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Solidly crafted, strongly cast pic doesn't hit a thoroughgoing comic tone.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A handsome chunk of widescreen entertainment that's as nimble as its rakish hero.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    The seductive, sensory prose of Patrick Suskind's bestseller, "Perfume," reaches the screen with loads of visual panache but only intermittent magic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Sverak's sheer technical finesse, and ability to spin on a dime between comedy and tragedy, the personal and the historical, makes Dark Blue World succeed where other similarly themed movies, from "Battle of Britain" to "The Blue Max," seem heavy-handed by comparison.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    An often genuinely funny mockumentary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    Contains interesting ideas, but often those ideas are not fully realized.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    Chekhov has never seemed such a long haul as in this awkward adaptation of The Cherry Orchard by veteran director Michael Cacoyannis, 77, who's assembled a good roster of names but ones that are not necessarily right for their roles.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Marvelously involving family saga.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    This is a thoroughly Euro bedmate to the 1997 "Bean," with the Gauls rather than the Yanks as the butt of Bean's bumblings.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Wears out its welcome at 100 minutes, but could find an audience in the West as a latenight attraction at gay fests.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    An ersatz "Pride and Prejudice" in all but name, Becoming Jane is a finely tooled Brit-lit costumer that, like Anne Hathaway's flawless accent as the young Austen, lacks only that final convincing 5%.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Opening half-hour has some of the best stuff in the movie, walking a precarious line between black irony and showing the war from a totally German viewpoint, without tipping over into gallows humor or parody.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    The supporting perfs provide the real drama, especially Hinds' excellent turn as the outwardly macho but inwardly broken Traynor, and McSorley's simmering portrayal of the psychotic Gilligan
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Does what it does well but too often seems a pointless exercise in British miserabilism crossed with a nasty gangster yarn.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Basic joke wears off after five minutes, and many bystanders will start to head out of town. But genre/Asian buffs prepared to ride shotgun for two hours will be rewarded with some classy action sequences and densely accoutred widescreen lensing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Austen nuts may rend their frocks, and Bollywood buffs may split their cholis, but there's an immensely likable, almost goofily playful charm to Bride & Prejudice that finally wins the day.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Chockfull of ideas and with an irreverence that irresistibly recalls late '60s American cinema, thesp John Turturro's third outing in the helmer's chair, Romance & Cigarettes, alternately shines and sputters.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Despite some magnificent widescreen lensing, faultless ethnographic detail and a timely sympathy for the plight of the Tibetan people, director Jean-Jacques Annaud's true-life tale about a self-obsessed Austrian mountaineer who learns selflessness in the Himalayas too rarely delivers at a simple emotional level.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Another slam-dunk from vet producer Yash Johar.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    A superbly written loony-tunes satire, played by a tony cast at the top of its game.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A good-looking but slim confection that's short on the multi-characterisation and sense of entwined destinies that mark the great Lelouch sagas.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Boosted by a delish performance from Carrie-Anne Moss as a local vamp who helps unthaw the Englishman, but holed beneath the waterline by a gratingly miscast Sigourney Weaver as the persnickety autistic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Combines scares and chuckles with good production values.

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